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Deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Justice Department announced a series of new measures Thursday aimed at combatting corporate crime.

Why it matters: In remarks delivered Thursday, deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco noted that corporate crime has an "increasing national security dimension," due to the proliferation of cyber vulnerabilities and cases involving sanctions or export controls.

  • Corporate crime has also gained new attention recently as the Theranos trial continues.

The big picture: The Justice Department is changing a practice that gave companies "cooperation credit" for identifying individuals they deem "substantially involved" with misconduct. Now corporations will be required to identify all individuals involved, regardless of their status or seniority.

  • The department will also seek to look at companies' full range of prior misconduct when making enforcement decisions in cases, shifting away from a prior policy that examined only actions of similar misconduct.
  • "That record of misconduct speaks directly to a company’s overall commitment to compliance programs and the appropriate culture to disincentivize criminal activity," Monaco noted.
  • The department will also increase its use of independent monitors to ensure that companies that have been involved in misconduct cases are making the necessary changes to meet compliance obligations.

What they're saying: "[C]orporate culture matters. A corporate culture that fails to hold individuals accountable, or fails to invest in compliance — or worse, that thumbs its nose at compliance — leads to bad results," Monaco said.

Go Deeper: Why corporate fraud remains unchecked

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U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Women politicians are under siege

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images

Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.

Why it matters: As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation. Collectively, it's discouraged women from running for office.

New report hits DOJ over lack of police shooting data

Demonstrations followed the shooting of Dijon Kizzee by Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies in 2020. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

A new government accountability report says the Department of Justice failed to consistently publish an annual summary of police excessive force data from 2016 to 2020, as required by federal law.

Why it matters: The data is crucial for the DOJ to monitor excessive force cases, and used to investigate law enforcement agencies with patterns of abuse. The DOJ can pivot off it to pursue court action to force reforms.